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 Post subject: Great Backyard Bird Count...
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:53 pm 
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Cornell puts this on every year in Feb where you can count the birds you see and record them on their GBBC site. I do it every year. They also have a photo contest. Not sure if I will enter any of them or not yet but I took a bunch of pics the past three days.

Red Bellied Woodpecker/male...
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Downy Woodpecker/female...
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Common Redpoll/male...
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American Tree Sparrow...
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Red Breasted Nuthatch...
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White Breasted Nuthatch...
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Red Bellied Woodpecker/female...
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Chickadee...
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Common Redpoll/female...
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Mourning Doves...
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Cardinal/male...
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Blue Jay...
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 Post subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count...
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Beautiful! If you tell me you took those through your kitchen window, you have the best photography skills ever (and the cleanest windows, LOL).
I think you should enter all of them!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count...
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TinaP wrote:
Beautiful! If you tell me you took those through your kitchen window, you have the best photography skills ever (and the cleanest windows, LOL).
I think you should enter all of them!


Thanks Tina...yes they are all taken through windows, some the kitchen, some the bathroom and some through the patio door. I do keep my windows clean. I am always cleaning them so there is no dirt in the way of my photos.

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Lovely! I agree they are all worthy to be entered. You take wonderful photos!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Backyard Bird Count...
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Great photo's Donna. I do the GBBC too. Lucky you, to take your photo's from inside, The temps here were -1 wind chill and I ran out for a few minutes to take pictures with my point and shoot. I would submit those pictures,Ive seen some in their photo gallery and your's are far better than a lot of pictures that I have seen. :th-up


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Lisa R wrote:
Lovely! I agree they are all worthy to be entered. You take wonderful photos!


Thanks Lisa! I did enter three two of them are pictured above and one I that I didn't share here. I entered one last year too but they don't post the winners until just before the next count. So won't know until next year if I won anything at all. I doubt it though...there are some really good photographers out there.

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Denise in CT wrote:
Great photo's Donna. I do the GBBC too. Lucky you, to take your photo's from inside, The temps here were -1 wind chill and I ran out for a few minutes to take pictures with my point and shoot. I would submit those pictures,Ive seen some in their photo gallery and your's are far better than a lot of pictures that I have seen. :th-up


Thank you! I did enter three of them (on of them isn't pictured above). I have a tip for you for taking pics from in the house...besides making sure your windows are super clean. :wnk
A few years back in a bluebirding fourm that I participate in there was a guy that just got awesome photos of his birds. I asked him how he did this and he said he was in the house shooting through an open window and at places he set up outside for the birds to land. He would attach branches and fenceposts to his deck. I did that for a couple years but then switched to planting these branches in flowerpots on my deck and in summer I would have climbing vines planted in the pots so the dead branches had flowers. In Winter months I leave these bigger pots on the deck with the dead branch and they make for great photo ops year round. I put peanuts, shelled and in the shell for the BlueJays and nuthatches in the pots and they land first on the branch and then go down to get the peanuts. This summer I also found a stump that I added to my flower pot...perfect spot for putting the peanuts. We have a berry tree that came up next to the deck and we left it there for the birds as it was near the feeder...that is what the woodpeckers are in, in the photos. So these things are all about 16 or so feet away from the window. You still need a good zoom to get in for closeups though but I got pretty nice shots even before I got my new camera in January.

Hope this is usefull...

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Donna, your photos are AWESOME!!
What camera and lens are you using?

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Chris Gomes wrote:
Donna, your photos are AWESOME!!
What camera and lens are you using?


Thanks Chris! These are all taken with a Canon Sx50 HS, its a bridge camera, not a DSLR but has many functions like a DSLR, just not interchangable lenses.

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Thanks for the tips Donna. I have big picture windows, so opening a window is not an option,the problem is they see me as I approach the window and fly away,but next winter I will stick some twigs in my pots and see what happens.
My next biggest problem is keeping the camera steady,thats when I always get blurry pictures,that was my biggest problem when I had the 35mm, but I am getting better with that. I need a camera that when it focus's in it takes the picture automatically :lol3
Seeing that you have 50 optical I see why your pictures are so good, is that equal to a zoom lens on a 35mm? My camera is 10 optical which is definetly better than the the average 3-5, aahh someday.
I was looking at your baltimore oriole pictures, and like wow,they are great pictures, that is one of my favorite spring returns,as well as the hummers.


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Denise in CT wrote:
Thanks for the tips Donna. I have big picture windows, so opening a window is not an option,the problem is they see me as I approach the window and fly away,but next winter I will stick some twigs in my pots and see what happens.
My next biggest problem is keeping the camera steady,thats when I always get blurry pictures,that was my biggest problem when I had the 35mm, but I am getting better with that. I need a camera that when it focus's in it takes the picture automatically :lol3
Seeing that you have 50 optical I see why your pictures are so good, is that equal to a zoom lens on a 35mm? My camera is 10 optical which is definetly better than the the average 3-5, aahh someday.
I was looking at your baltimore oriole pictures, and like wow,they are great pictures, that is one of my favorite spring returns,as well as the hummers.


I don't open my windows at all, just keep them clean. I approach the windows very slowly and also it is better to have on darker colors, that is what works for me anyway.
The 50x zoom is equivalent to like approx an 800mm lense on a DSLR, can't recall exactly but somewhere around there.
I love Orioles, the pics of them were taken with my old camera which was a Canon S3IS, had a 12x zoom and I had a 1.7x teleconverter added on to make it 20.4 zoom. I just got the SX50 the end of last year.

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Maya - Blue Merle born 5/28/06
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Belle - Cocker mix rescued 6/5/13 at 8 weeks of age
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^Lacey^ -Black Cocker always in our hearts 12/15/89-7/16/06


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